Last night, one of my Buff-tip moths from last summer emerged from its pupa. It was late, so I didn't pay much attention to it and just put it outside on the plant nearest the door. This morning it was still there, with an intimate friend. My moth had clearly been a female and had just stayed-put waiting for a passing male (it doesn't work the other way round - males don't wait around for passing females).
In the morning, we went up to our meadow to cut back some of the saplings and to save some plants from the impending arrival of the sheep. Christine found what she thinks may be a broad-leaved helleborine. Luckily, it isn't on the part of the meadow that is normally grazed by the sheep, so hopefully we'll be able to find out exactly what it is. It seems to be in a location that is too sunny for helleborines.
In the afternoon, it brightened-up and got a bit warmer. The Red-backed Shrikes were out again and I managed to get a nice sequence of photos of the male feeding the female.
To complete the day, I was looking at the large numbers of Micropterix calthella moths on one of the rampions in the front garden and I saw a few with stripes. These are actually Micropterix aruncella - which becomes the 371st garden moth species.